The age old question

Why do the wicked seem to live fine and those of us who love the Lord Jesus suffer more? That is the question that Job will ask here. It is the same question that David has asked?

Job 21:7-17 Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes. Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them. Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf. They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance. They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ. They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave. Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him? Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me. How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger.

All of us when we are in trouble want to ask the same thing. Is there any profit to serving God. Is it worth it? Why do they seem to get away with it and we do not? Why do we get punished but the lost do not? Why do we have to give God glory for everything except the failures and they do not even know what failure are?

David asked that same question!

Psalm 73:3-9 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

David was frustrated. The grass is always greener on the other side. Things always went better for us in the past rather than now. But God gave David the answer.

Psalm 73:17-19 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

Will you at least read these chapters and think about it before you do something foolish? When we hurt we get angry. Often we are angry at God because of our problems.

At least take a few minutes to consider what you should do with your problems and your attitude.

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